Agriculture Minister visits MCS

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Local TD and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed visited the school and spoke to 5th and Leaving Cert. Ag. Science students on September 30th. His speech outlined his wide and varied role as minister and he also descbibed the longer-term planning the department is working on for the development of agriculture and the food industry. The visit helped students with their Ag. Science projects and this was followed by some practical farming, as the classes harvested their potato crop afterwards with the minister.

Finbarr Walsh Visit

Finbarr Walsh visited the school on September 16th and spoke to T.Y. students on his positive message for life. Finbarr's experience and the work of his son, the late Donal, are a powerful reminder of the gift of life and how we can rise to the challenge of making the most of our opportunities.DSC01675 Small

"Dying to Sea" Book Launch

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"Dying to Sea", the 1st and 2nd Year Creative Writing Project, culminated with the official launch of the book produced by all students in 1st and 2nd Year. This was an initiative led by the school's Development Education Program, involving exploration of global issues through all subjects to encourage understanding of global problems like inequality and injustice. Writer-in-residence John W. Sexton worked with the two year groups, building skills and confidence in writing and exploring the theme of migration through creating their own narratives. The book is the collection of these stories. 

The iniative would not have been possible without the support of Poetry Ireland, and the school is grateful to them and their representative, Moira Cardiff.

View rest of launch photos here: http://www.millstreetcommunityschool.ie/photos/203-launch-of-dying-to-sea.html

Student Council present new school jackets.

Look out for the stylish new range of sleeveless jackets, modelled here by Gary O'Donovan and Sarah Bourke, procured by the Student Council. The design allows freedom of movement while keeping you cosy during those chilly days during term.

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WWGS award school with Passport

The T.Y. students travelled to Thomond Park to recieve the WWGS "Global Passport" award in recognition of the whole school Development Education project, which has been rolled out over the last three years. This initiative, co-ordinated by Chaplain John Magee, has seen the school engage with Development Education in every subject across the curriculum, fostering students to practise critical thinking in their learning and to cultivate a genuine concern for others, both on a local and global scale.

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Bird boxes- learning nature and craft

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Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this year again Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist will be running a project with the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community School. The Transition Year Students have made Nest Boxes for Barn Owls and Kestrels and the Transition Year Students will endeavour to study these magnificent birds.

Honduras Visitor explains Fairtrade

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Fairtrade visitor

 

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Millstreet Community School had the pleasure of welcoming Jose Omar Rodriquez Romero to give a presentation to staff, students and invited guests.  He was accompanied by two members of staff from Fairtrade Ireland: Emma Daly (Business Development Officer) and Lucia Robles (Events Co-ordinator).  Omar is manager of Limited Coffee Cooperative of Capucas (COCAFCAL), Honduras.  He is a fourth generation coffee producer.  During his presentation to the audience of one hundred and fifty people he explained about how decisions to buy certified Fairtrade products in Ireland can benefit members of his cooperative in many ways.  As he explained, “Fairtrade means better opportunities for the producers and a better life for their families now and into the future.” Following the presentation and questions, Omar was presented with a striking photo of Drishane Castle with Clara Mountain in the background by members of the school’s development education committee as a momento of his visit to Millstreet.  The photo was taken by Justin Black.

 

Before they left the school to continue their busy schedule, Emma Daly encouraged the students to take the Fairtrade option when it is available.  She said, When you are shopping, look for the Fairtrade mark because the difference in price isn’t big and the impact your purchases make is massive.”

C.S.O. Award for T.Y. Researchers

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C.S.O. Awards

Dervla, Lauren and Jamie's B.T. Young Scientists project was highly commended by the Judges in the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Intermediate section and also won the Central Statistics Office Open Data Award. This is the first year the C.S.O. have awarded at the B.T. and the students received specially struck, hallmarked and engraved medals, in gold and sterling silver, in recognition of their efforts. These were presented by senior C.S.O. staff at an award ceremony in the school.

T.Y. Religious Education Field Trip

It was the eighth annual TY RE Field Trip to Cork.  It provides our students with a chance to meet people who below to different communities of faith in Cork.  It also serves to dispel some misconceptions people have about their beliefs and practices.  This year's visit was slightly different to the past.  The Cork Mosque is being redeveloped at the moment so the students were unable to visit it.  However, the mosque's Imam, Dr. Ahmed Halawa agreed to meet the students in Ballincollig Community Centre to answer their questions and to talk about life for a Muslim in Cork.  
From there the students went to the Cork Synagogue, where they were once again met by Mr. Fred Rosehill.  Mr. Rosehill who is Cork born and bred, spoke about the Jewish community in Cork - how at it's high point in the last century there were thirty families in the city, but now there is just one left.  All others have moved away or emigrated.  Mr. Rosehill told the students that with great sadness he felt the synagogue would be closed within the next few months, after 120 years, due to lack of numbers and considerable repairs needed to the roofing.
In a change to previous programmes, the students then headed to Cobh to visit St. Benedict's Priory.  This convent is home to a community of enclosed, contemplative Benedictine nuns also known as the Tyburn Sisters. They were met by Mother Marie Pierre, who spoke to them about their simple life of prayer and she answered the many questions the students posed to her about living a life as part of a religious community.
Once again the trip proved to be a great learning experience for all involved. Scroll down to see all pictures.
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Mosaic of crest installed

T.Y. students from the class of 2015 installed a new mosaic at the entrance to the school. The mosaic was made with recycled tiles in an age old process as part of the School Environment Program. Mr Fraser's team worked on the feature throughout the T.Y. year, and this creation is a colourful addition to the other recent installations including the "Aliens" and the Metal Mural on the gym. 

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Deirdre Clune M.E.P. visits school

Deirdre Clune was elected to the European Parliament on May 27th, 2014. Deirdre is a full member of the Transport & Tourism/TRAN, substitute on Employment & Social Affairs/EMPL.IMG 1678 Small